As we promised on Facebook (post IHOP at 2:30am), here’s a quick recap of last night’s epic comeback win on the road versus the University of Louisville Cardinals.
Facing a 4-goal deficit with 10 minutes remaining in the game, Vandy scored four (Logan Lanier, Jack Gibbons, and two from Alan Leeser) to climb all the way back to tie the game. Then, on the powerplay with 0:09 remaining on the clock, Chad “Nails McGillicudy” Wyatt tapped home a rebound in regulation to score what appeared to be the game winner. In as questionable a call as you’ll ever see, the refs ruled the net off its moorings and waved off the goal. On to OT.
The requisite five-minute stanza came and went with chances for both teams, including a huge break-away stop by sophomore goalie Andrew Keen, but no goals. 4-4 tie. On to shootouts.
Following a narrow stop on Leeser and a stuff by Keen to start the shootout, Gibbons stepped in and rifled home the first goal of the contest, or so the Commodores thought.
Turns out that because Gibbons was in the penalty box at the end of the OT, he was ineligible to shoot.
No goal. Do-over. Exit Gibbons. Enter sophomore Greg Kirk.
With ice water in his veins, Kirk calmly fired home a low snap on the glove-side to put the ‘Dores up in the shootout. The UL captain then answered with his own snipe, going bar-down with some backhand, top shelf cheese on Keen. 1-1, final shootout round to play.
Enter VU Captain Kyle “Moves like Jagr” McCann.
McCann, a seasoned breakaway specialist who is widely remembered for the through-the-legs toe-drag he pulled in the 2011 I-40 Face-off versus the Tennessee Ice Vols, cut in towards the UL goalie from the right with speed, deked twice with two quick moves in close, then roofed the puck on the stick side high. The VU bench erupted.
Vanderbilt 2, Louisville 1. One skater remaining versus the Iceman … and the Iceman Cometh with a smothering save (and a cele that he said, “I’d been planning forever!”) to seal the win for the Commodores a second time in the evening.
Back At It Tonight
The ‘Dores will be back in action tonight at 7pm CT versus the Cardinals with hopes of another exciting “W” in mind. Stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter, and vanderbilthockey.com for details.
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